With Opening Day across the nook, I needed to replace our readers on the present state of the location and make a number of Membership bulletins. This time final 12 months, we weren’t positive if FanGraphs was going to final one other two months, not to mention survive lengthy sufficient to see the beginning of the 2021 season. The pandemic fast-tracked what was presupposed to be a a lot slower shift in our enterprise mannequin from promoting to Membership, and due to this, we’re extra reliant in your assist than ever. So first issues first: thanks! I can say with full certainty that we’d not be right here with out you; our readers and members actually make FanGraphs doable.
And your assist hasn’t simply stored us afloat; it’s helped us construct a greater FanGraphs. Over the previous 12 months, we’ve added loads of new content material and options to the location. We’ve integrated Statcast stats into our participant pages and leaderboards and new game and season stat aggregation capabilities to our participant web page dashboards. We now have KBO stats on the site, an providing we plan to broaden this season. We’ve updated our auction calculator and applied new RosterResource features. We’ve invested in behind-the-scenes enhancements to make web site options higher and simpler to make use of. Right now, we introduced various new contributor voices at FanGraphs and can achieve this at RotoGraphs quickly. And as an unique profit for our Members, now you can view the site in Dark mode and Classic mode.
Tuesday is the beginning of what’s now a vital month for the location. On March 30, 2020, we asked to your assist in weathering the pandemic. As such, a good portion of our Membership base is up for renewal within the coming weeks. In case you’re an present Member and have caught with us by the final 12 months, we hope that you’ll proceed to assist what we do right here at FanGraphs. In case you’re not a Member, we hope you’ll become one. It’s one of the best ways to assist all the content material and instruments you depend on that will help you benefit from the baseball season, and guarantee we will preserve enhancing the location.
To that finish, now we have two large bulletins forward of that anniversary. The primary is that we’re launching a spring Membership drive with the purpose of including 2,000 new Members by the tip of April. Which may sound like so much, however I’m optimistic we will meet that purpose. Google Analytics exhibits that we had 1.3 million distinctive customers in April 2019; 2,000 Members could be simply 0.15% of our in-season person base. Already a Member however wish to assist us attain that purpose? You possibly can reward a Membership to anybody you’d like, or make a $30 donation to the location, which is able to rely as a brand new Membership; extra on that beneath.
The second bit of stories is about our pricing. Beginning June 1, we’re going to boost our costs from $50 to $60 for Advert Free Membership, from $20 to $25 for yearly Membership, and from $3 to $5 for month-to-month Membership. Please observe: In case you are an present Member and keep your Membership, your pricing is not going to change till no less than 2023. Likewise, if you subscribe between now and June 1, you’ll be grandfathered in till no less than 2023, similar to our present Members. This variation will solely go into impact beginning on June 1 for brand new Members.
We needed to offer everybody loads of discover earlier than we increase costs so that individuals have the chance to subscribe at our present charges. We launched FanGraphs Membership in 2016, offering an ad-free choice the 12 months after. Till now, we haven’t raised the value for both choice, however that is what we have to do to maintain and develop the location, and these are costs we consider are honest.
As all the time, you may assist our web site within the following methods:
Grow to be a Member
You can become a Member or an Ad-Free Member. You’ll see all the identical nice content material and have entry to all of our instruments. You’ll even have entry to Darkish mode and Basic mode. Advert-Free Members benefit from the web site with quicker loading occasions and no advertisements — one of the best ways to expertise FanGraphs.
Reward a Membership
You possibly can send a coupon code for a one-year Advert-Free Membership to anybody you want. The code by no means expires, and no bank card or different type of cost is required when the recipient indicators up. Their Membership begins after they use the coupon code.
Donate to FanGraphs
We have now a simple donation form you need to use to donate to FanGraphs. Please observe that donations to FanGraphs are usually not tax-deductible. For the needs of this 12 months’s Membership purpose, we’ll deal with each $30 donated as one new Membership in direction of our purpose.
Thanks once more for all of your assist during the last 12 months and going ahead! We are able to’t wait to observe baseball with you.